It’s International Volunteer Day, and us Queenslanders have a lot to thank our Volunteers for, particularly since the recent bush fire crisis.
This year’s theme is ‘Volunteer for an inclusive future’, recognising the role of volunteers in strengthening solidarity and inclusion in their communities.
Across the Sunshine State, we’ve got a whopping 714,000 volunteers!
Minister for Communities Coralee O’Rourke says today is a great opportunity to thank them for their hard work, and to encourage others to get on the volunteer band wagon.
“Queensland’s army of volunteers dedicate themselves to making our communities more inclusive, caring and resilient,” Mrs O’Rourke said.
“Celebrating volunteers is particularly fitting today in the wake of the recent bush fire crisis, where volunteers across Queensland rolled up their sleeves, often leaving their own home and families, to keep others safe and help them recover.
“I encourage all Queenslanders to take some time to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism and recognise the contribution volunteers make to our communities.
“Volunteering provides opportunities for people, particularly those often excluded, to improve their own lives and play a role in their communities by donating their time and skills,” she said.
“Supporting volunteers in Queensland is a key part of our goal to create thriving communities where Queenslanders, regardless of their personal circumstances, can participate and be included in their communities, be resilient and enjoy social and economic wellbeing.
“I encourage all Queenslanders interested in volunteering to connect with Volunteering Queensland and see what opportunities are available in their communities,” Minister O’Rourke said.
For more information about volunteering opportunities around the state, click here.